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Landscaping Around a Pool in the Northeast

By Ruth O'Neil
Make your pool an oasis by adding landscaping.
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If you leave in the northeast states, keep the climate in mind when landscaping around your pool. While the summers are warm, the winters can be very cold with temperatures often below zero. When planning landscaping around the pool, choose plants that can handle the cold weather without dying. Fortunately, a wide variety of plants is available that will make the landscaping around your pool look attractive and last from year to year.

Dig up the dirt around your pool to make the soil loose and easy for planting by using the rototiller. Remove any weeds or rocks.

Install any lights that you want around your pool first, especially if you have to bury wires. Use solar lights if you want to avoid having electricity around the pool.

Plant your large bushes and shrubbery. Purchase bushes that work well in the northeast climate, such as holly, junipers or any evergreens, including trees. Place the plants around the pool while still in their pots to make sure you like the arrangement. Dig holes as deep as the root ball and twice as wide to plant the shrubs.

Choose ornamental grasses, such as pampas grass.

Grow flowers that do not shed their leaves to add some color to the landscaping around your pool. Choose from zinnias, croton, larkspur or cardinal flower.

Add spring bulbs to the landscaping around your pool even if you do not use your pool in the spring. Plant daffodils and tulips to make your landscaping attractive even when you're not using the pool. Spread the bulbs around the landscaping and dig holes 4 to 6 inches deep when planting the bulbs.

Give your pool landscaping uniformity by covering everything with small stones. Buy stones that are smooth so they will not damage the pool liner, if you have one.

Add edging around all of the landscaping to provide more protection to your pool from the landscaping stones. Choose from black plastic or cedar edging. Stay away from a fencing-type edging that has gaps in the design, as these will allow the stones to fall through.

 

Things You Will Need

  • Rototiller
  • Lights
  • Ornamental grasses
  • Shrubs
  • Flowers
  • Spring bulbs
  • Landscaping stones
  • Edging

Tips

  • When planning the landscaping around your pool, stay away from plants that make a mess by dropping its leaves and flowers, such as crepe myrtle, cottonwoods, black jack oaks and morning glories. The leaves and flowers could clog the filters.
  • If you plant an ornamental grass such as pampas grass, consider trimming it back every fall. This keeps the dead leaves from falling into your pool. However, in most northeastern states, you will cover the pool before the leaves die.